5. Look for places to spend
Sander recommends looking for the best sales in the paper and
then heading out.
"It's not worth it to drive all over
town to save a few dollars on different items. Once you get to the office supply
store, get all the office supplies. Don't just buy your paper there and then drive
across town to get a protractor for $2 less."
the office supply store with the best sale, Sander recommends hitting consignment
"Consignment shops used to just be for the very
rich or the very poor, but it's not that way anymore," he says. "Especially
for young children, you can really save money on clothes shopping. We just bought
some shorts for our son for $4. They are shorts you couldn't even touch in a department
store for $15."
What about clothing outlet stores?
"You have to be careful at clothing outlets,"
says Sander. "There might not really be a price break there.
There are opportunities for good prices, but you have to be careful
that it's not just a regular store with regular-store prices put
outside of town in an outlet area."
But Sander says
outlets are definitely the place to be if you are looking for a computer.
computer outlets you can get refurbished computers -- computers that people have
returned. You can get a price break of 50 to 60 percent. It's a great deal,"
says Sander. He should know -- he used to work for Hewlett Packard. "You
can also go to CompUSA or Best Buy and ask them for their refurbished computers
or look on Dell.com or HP.com."
Sander says that by checking
the paper for sales and looking for consignment stores and outlets, you will certainly
save money. But the one place you should avoid is the mall.
will definitely spend too much if you go to the mall," he says.
all, stay within your budget.
"Using credit cards is
OK, but only if you know when and how you will pay them off. Otherwise,"
he says, "you will end up spending way too much on fees and cancel out any
savings you got from finding sales and bargains."
|Where the money goes*
|*Based on a study of 8,361
respondents for the National Retail Federation by BIGresearch July